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1. 1 out 6 people under the age of 18 who tries marijuana will become addicted
2. Marijuana is the #1 reason children and adolescents are admitted for substance-dependence treatment in Kansas
3. 3 primary contributors to substance abuse addiction in households and the larger community are:
Accessibility of the substance
Social acceptance of the substance being used.
The perceived risk of harmfulness
4. Late onset of schizophrenia and psychosis can develop in your 20s
5. Can make depression worse or contribute to developing depression
6. Teens who smoke marijuana at least once a month are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than non-users
7. Marijuana can cause a permanent decrease in your IQ by as much as 8 points
8. Marijuana can hinder a teen's ability to learn. Heavy marijuana use impairs young people's ability to concentrate and retain information.
9. Marijuana contains 50%-75% more of some carcinogens as compared to tobacco.
10. Today’s marijuana is more potent than the marijuana of the 1970s.
Sources: #1, 2 & 3: www.kansasfamily.com/MarijuanaToolkit #4 & 5: Office of National Drug Control Policy- www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp National Institute on Drug Abuse - www.nida.gov; #6 & 8: http://teenadvice.about.com/od/marijuanause/a/marijana1.htm Marijuana Use Can Threaten Teen's Academic Success, Mar 15 2007; #7: M.H. Meier, Avshalom Caspi, et al. 2012. “Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; #9: Budney, et al (2004) Health consequences of marijuana use. In J. Brick (Ed.) Handbook of the medical consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. New York: Haworth Press; #10: The University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project.